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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jan 11, 2008 1:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Sam Bush and String Cheese Incident

I lived at Harry Bickel's place in Louisville in 1976. So did the Bluegrass Alliance. Harry Sparks hung out there. Sparky repaired Sam Bush's instruments. I met Sam many times. I watched him and many of the best musicians jamming day and night in Bickel's house. I was sitting right there. This is stuff I was doing "after" my 25 Dead shows in '73. Dead inspired me big-time. I helped the Bluegrass Alliance with their PA system at gigs doing sound work. I shared an apt with Vince Gill that summer. I was doing sound work for a band named Lazy River. They formed their own newgrass band by quitting the Bluegrass Alliance in 1976. Sam, Ebo, Curtis, and Courtney also quit the Bluegrass Alliance, about 1970. Those boys formed the legendary Newgrass Revival. I saw the Revival playing at The Mason Jar, and the Great Midwestern, in Louisville, probably 25 times at least. Newgrass Revival style and implementation was all Dead, all the time. Sammy and Jerry are my favorite musicians. I worship them. I've seen most of the best bands and musicians playing at many festivals in the 70s. Last time I saw everyone was the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 1986. I worked backstage that Festival on a gig as a video engineer. Luckiest/best freelance gig I ever landed!

I ran across String Cheese Incident for my 1st time while searching the LMA for Sammy. I hit on Merlefest 2000 DSBD. I had a meltdown when I heard what was being played. It was the first Merlefest for SCI. Sammy sat in for the entire set. They played San Jose, Stingray, Steam Powered Aeroeplane > jam > Birdland. Followed it with a fantastic Round the Wheel > One Love. Incredible set! Epic! History made! I heard Sammy play what might be the sweetest mandolin solo I've ever heard him lay down.

Sam belts out the most blissful acoustic mandolin energy you'll ever hear, at 4:15 in Round the Wheel. Vintage Sammy, in his finest moments. Mandolin instrument is nailed! The electric solo that follows his solo nails it down some more. Perhaps the single most invaluable, precious treasure I've stumbled across here on LMA. Perhaps as fine as those Sugaree's I found here! e-tree guys, you go!

Jim Pollock did the file transfer to LMA. Quote: "This set was the second of three that SCI played at their first (and only to date) Merlefest. It was played at about 1PM during a pouring rainstorm. It didn't seem to stop the action and to this date remains probably the single best set of SCI I've had the honor to witness." LMA stats says String Cheese Incident have 1025 shows on here! SCI just retired this summer.

Guy named Qualitease pukes up a rogue review for this show on a New Years Eve. Worst butt-wipe drivel I've ever seen written on LMA. I like to think the poor boy was having some kind of Alfred Hitchcock moment at midnight. It sure fired me up! Had to defend our boys. And I did!

Sam Bush

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String Cheese Incident